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01 Oct 2012
Olympic Studies Centre

OSC Newsletter Number 18


At the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, IOC President Jacques Rogge declared in his speech that the IOC and the entire Olympic Movement are indebted to so many: the Organising Committee, the British public authorities, the wonderful volunteers, the enthusiastic spectators and the athletes, who have earned the respect and admiration of a global audience and have written a new chapter of the Olympic history. To relive some of the best moments of these Games, which also offered a rich Cultural Olympiad, and were followed by impressive Paralympic Games, we invite you to have a look at the September issue of the Olympic Review. Scholars worldwide have already greatly contributed to enrich the academic knowledge on the London Games. We encourage you to pursue new research projects and to share them with the Olympic Studies community. 


-The Library is extending its range with a new collection of e-books focused on the Olympic Games and Olympism. This first selection will be added to through the regular acquisition of new titles. For external access, please contact:

- The latest update of the “Olympic Games: Legacy and impact” bibliography is available on our internet site

- Reminder: the deadline for submitting applications for the 2013 edition of the Postgraduate Research Grant Programme is 28 September. For further information on the programme see the OSC web pages under “Academic activities and network” and “Research Grants”.


- Registration for the 8th edition of the IOC World Conference on Sport, Culture and Education to be held in Amsterdam from 25 to 27 November 2012 is now open. You can visit the IOC website for more information. A “Call for Contributions” as for the previous edition of the Conference will be launched, and information on this will be published in the coming weeks. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to send your request to:    

- We are happy to inform you that university professors, researchers and students undertaking an Olympic- and/or sport-related academic activity now have the possibility to request access to “The Olympic Multimedia Library”.  Users of this database, launched in June on the IOC extranet, can discover, search and view more than 250,000 photos, 8,000 hours of video and audio material, 1,000 archived written documents and 10,000 Museum items. Please be informed that some charges will be applied for orders of still and/or moving images (technical costs and in some cases right fees) depending on the type of use and volume of archives required. For more information on this database, do not hesitate to contact us. To directly request access, please go to:, click on register and select The Olympic Multimedia Library. 


-The report of the 5th IOC World Conference on Women and Sport is now available to universities upon request. To receive a copy, please contact us at  

- We invite you to discover the World Anti-Doping Agency’s new Digital Library designed to make its education and information tools more accessible. The main objective of the library is to assist stakeholders in developing their education programmes by pinpointing tools available for the target groups they wish to reach. We hope that those interested in all aspects related to anti-doping will find some very useful resources there. 


-The First International Colloquium of Olympic Studies Centres (OSCs), held in Loughborough on 25 and 26 July, bringing together representatives from more than 20 OSCs from around the world, was a great success in offering an opportunity to share projects and experiences and to engage in dialogue about the ways the centres could collaborate in the future. We would like to warmly thank the COS&R of Loughborough University, Professor Ian Henry and his great team, for this excellent initiative and for their kind hospitality. All OSCs which did not take part in the colloquium but would like to be involved in future collaborations are invited to contact us and to discover the colloquium’s programme at the COS&R website. Professor Beloussov, from the Russian International Olympic University, has already kindly expressed his willingness to host the 2nd edition of the Colloquium on the occasion of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

- The “East Asian Society for Sport and Olympic Studies” association has recently been created. Its two main objectives are to encourage researchers to undertake research with a humanities or social sciences perspective on the East Asian Olympic phenomena and to enhance the values of sport in East Asia. For any further information, please contact Dr Li Hong Hsu, International Olympic and Multicultural Studies Centre Director at Da-Yeh University, Taiwan.

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